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Global Survey Results 2020 - Executive Summary: Barriers to Adoption of Zero Trust

The year of 2020 was something, wasn’t it? It impacted all aspects of life and forced almost every organization to rethink their identity and security strategies. Due to this, over the last 12 months organizations have struggled to harness the full security capabilities of Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory (AAD), which has hampered their ability to implement industry best-practice security measures – such as Zero Trust.

To learn how organizations in various industries and regions have adjusted identity and security priorities over the last 12 months, we commissioned Dimensional Research to survey IT security professional from around the globe.

Read the executive summary of our annual global survey, AD/AAD Challenges - Barriers to Adoption of Zero Trust, to read highlights of how 2020 shifted identity management priorities. Here are a few key findings from the survey to get you started. 

When asked: “What were the top impacts of the last year on your organization’s identity management team?” results included:

  • Azure Active Directory users reported slightly more challenges than on-prem AD users
  • 48 percent of IT professionals stated that the importance of provisioning and deprovisioning of AD/AAD increased in the past 12 months
  • 60 percent reported more confidence in the security and management of privileged accounts due to COVID-related efforts

About the One Identity Global Survey 2020 

The One Identity Global Survey 2020 consisted of an online survey conducted by Dimensional Research of IT professionals at midsize or large organizations, whose role includes security responsibilities. A total of 1,216 individuals from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Benelux, Nordics, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong completed the survey. Responses were captured between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, 2020.